The YES offers summer camp programs for 14-18 year olds. Expand your leadership and team building skills while connecting with youth from around the province. We recognize that COVID-19 and other associated social issues have impacted our youth in many different ways, and look forward to providing community spaces that focus on building leadership, resiliency, connection, mental wellness and more. Experience a summer camp like no other.
What do we do? Roots is the first level of The YES Program, and focuses on bringing together youth to create a strong, supportive, amazing community with everyone involved. Participants can expect to spend a week being themselves, learning about themselves, and making lifelong friends in the process. Focusing on the values of self-awareness, communication, leadership and co-operation, these retreats are a powerful introduction to co-operative youth leadership in a stimulating wilderness setting. Right on Cowichan Lake, the camps also include options for many outdoor activities including canoeing, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. For more information, take a look at a typical day at YES camp!
Who should sign up? Our Roots program serves youth ages 14-16 and is great for new and returning participants or participants that flourish in younger age groups.
Note: Participants must have completed grade 8 before attending The YES. Similar programming will occur at all Roots programs, and the primary difference is scheduling/dates.
What do we do? Pathways is the next step up from our Roots programs. Participants take on greater responsibility, and are challenged to expand their leadership, self-awareness, and team building skills in the spirit of fun and friendship. This camp gives participants a chance to become an even closer community, having already met each other at the Roots level. For more information, take a look at a typical day at YES camp!
Who should sign up? This program is intended for 16-18 year olds who have attended Roots or new camp attendees who are ready to jump into our advanced program.
Enter our Registration Portal by clicking the button above to create an account as parent, or primary contact. Add your participant to your account, and select the program that you'd like to register for.
Camp Rate: $825.00
Early Bird Rate: $775.00 (currently available)
Standard camp fees are due two weeks prior to the start of the registered camp date unless an arrangement has been made with the office or sponsors. Please see our camp policies for further information on refunds.
The YES makes every effort to make camp accessible to everyone and we understand that camp fees may be a challenge for many families. To help with the cost of camp, there are monthly payment plans available within our registration process as well as financial subsidies from The YES and sponsorships from many BC Co-ops and Credit Unions. More information about sponsorship is available here.
Location and Transportation
All camps take place at Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre on Vancouver Island.
All transportation to Roots and Pathways camps, excluding ferry fare, is included in the camper fee. Pick up and drop off are available from Kelowna, Merritt, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. Participants must get themselves to one of these locations or be dropped off directly at the site. More information about transportation is available here.